BHRT, the Bosnian national broadcaster, has confirmed to ESCToday that Bosnia & Herzegovina will not return to the Eurovision next year either. Thus we will not see the Balkan country participate at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands.
Bosnia & Herzegovina joins Andorra and Slovakia in the list of countries who have confirmed their absence from next year’s Eurovision edition in the Netherlands.
Eurovision fans will be dissapointed as the country will be absent from the competition for the fourth consecutive year.
BHRT, the Bosnian national broadcaster, has informed ESCToday that it continues to be under EBU sanctions due to its hefty financial debt with the European entity, thus the country can’t to compete at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Holland until it respects its debt.
Apart from this, the Bosnian broadcaster’s financial situation is currently unstable and unpredictable and an eventual Eurovision participation would not be feasible at this point taking into account all the hurdles and problems afflicting the broadcaster.
Bosnia & Herzegovina in Eurovision
Bosnia & Herzegovina debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with Fazla, and is yet to win the contest. The Balkan country achieved its best result in 2006 with Hari Mata Hari‘s Lejla, placing 3rd in the Grand Final in Athens.
BHRT’s Eurovision journey has been marred by numerous hurdles in the past years, having withdrawn from the competition in 2013 and not returning until 2016 due to financial problems. The country’s return was short-lived as it withdrew again in 2017 and has not returned since.
The last time the country graced the Eurovision stage was in 2016 when Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala flew the Bosnian flag in Stockholm.